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Manchester United and Chelsea on alert as Sneijder looks for last minute Premier League move
Author: Jason Hope Published : 10 Jan 2013 15:17:54
Wesley Sneijder is pining for a last-minute switch to England and has asked his advisers to make one final attempt to plot a move to a top Premier League club.
Despite being on the brink of a transfer to Galatasaray, the Inter Milan midfielder has made it clear to his agent that his preference remains a move to the English game.
He currently earns nearly £9million a year at the San Siro and has always refused to take a significant pay cut. But if a last-minute move to England can be resurrected, it would require the unsettled Holland star to finally lower his wage demands.
On Wednesday, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti confirmed an offer from Galatasaray has been accepted and the Turkish outfit do not expect any last-minute hitches.
Galatasaray director Bulent Tulun told Turkish radio station Radyospor: 'Sneijder will give us a response inside 24 hours, but in 99 per cent of these cases the transfer negotiations are already done.'
The Turkish side revealed they had entered in discussions for Sneijder, who has not played for Inter since September amid a public stand-off over a proposed pay cut to his contract.
'Galatasaray's offer satisfies us. Now it depends on the player,' Moratti told Sky Sports. 'We would be happy if he decided to stay on our terms.'
Sneijder has reportedly been asked to accept a £1.6m pay cut to his annual salary with the Nerazzurri.
Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has, however, maintained the the 28-year-old's continued absence from his first team is solely a tactical decision.
Sneijder joined Inter in August 2009 after winning La Liga with Real Madrid. In his first season he won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia before reaching the World Cup final with Holland, only to lose to Spain.